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}}{{tnr}}'''Jay Rockefeller''' (b. June 18, 1937) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[West Virginia]]. Rockefeller was first elected to the Senate in 1984.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Jay Rockefeller''' (b. June 18, 1937, in New York City, New York) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[West Virginia]]. Rockefeller was first elected to the Senate in 1984.
  
 
Rockefeller will not run for re-election to a sixth term in [[United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014|2014]]. On January 11, 2013, he announced that he will retire his Senate seat at the end of the term in order to spend more time with his family.<ref name=rockret/>
 
Rockefeller will not run for re-election to a sixth term in [[United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014|2014]]. On January 11, 2013, he announced that he will retire his Senate seat at the end of the term in order to spend more time with his family.<ref name=rockret/>

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Jay Rockefeller
Jay Rockefeller.jpg
U.S. Senate, West Virginia
Incumbent
In office
1985-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 29
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJennings Randolph (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2008
First elected1984
Next general November 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of West Virginia
1977-1985
West Virginia Secretary of State
1968-1972
West Virginia House of Delegates
1966-1968
Education
High schoolPhillips Academy, Exeter, NH
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Personal
BirthdayJune 18, 1937
Place of birthNew York City, NY
Net worth$102,706,012
Websites
Office website
Jay Rockefeller (b. June 18, 1937, in New York City, New York) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of West Virginia. Rockefeller was first elected to the Senate in 1984.

Rockefeller will not run for re-election to a sixth term in 2014. On January 11, 2013, he announced that he will retire his Senate seat at the end of the term in order to spend more time with his family.[1]

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Rockefeller served as the Governor of West Virginia and the West Virginia House of Delegates.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rockefeller is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Rockefeller was born in New York City in 1937. After graduating from Harvard University, Rockefeller joined a volunteer group whose work took him to West Virginia. After two years in the state, he became a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.[3][4]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Rockefeller's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Rockefeller serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Committee on Finance
    • The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
    • The Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
    • The Subcommittee on Healthcare Chair
  • Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

Rockefeller was a member of the following committees[6]:

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance, and Automotive Safety
    • Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism
    • Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
    • Subcommittee on Space, Aeronautics, and Related Sciences
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Committee on Finance
    • Subcommittee on Health Care Chair
    • Subcommittee on International Trade, and Global Competitiveness
    • Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
  • Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • Joint Committee on Taxation
  • United States Trade Advisor

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rockefeller voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in West Virginia, 2014


On January 11, 2013, Rockefeller announced that he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in 2014, citing the extra time retirement will allow him to spend with his family.[1]

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[8]

Rockefeller’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election opens up a seat in a recently strongly Republican presidential level state. However, West Virginia has remained relatively Democratic at the state level.[8] Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito appears to be strongest possible challenger, with early polling showing her leading all potential Democratic opponents. But Capito conceivably could face a challenge in the primary election.[8]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rockefeller is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Rockefeller raised a total of $9,017,546 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[14]

Jay Rockefeller's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (West Virginia) Won $5,972,208
2002 U.S. Senate (West Virginia) Won $3,045,338
Grand Total Raised $9,017,546
Breakdown of the source of Rockefeller's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

Rockefeller won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Rockefeller's campaign committee raised a total of $5,972,208 and spent $5,979,250.[15]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rockefeller is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 3, 2013.[16]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Rockefeller missed 484 of 9,539 roll call votes from January 1985 to April 2013. This amounts to 5.1%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[17]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rockefeller paid his congressional staff a total of $2,664,847 in 2011. He ranks 24th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 62nd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, West Virginia ranks 22nd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Rockefeller's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $63,082,021 and $142,330,003. That averages to $102,706,012, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth increased by 3.68% from 2010.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Rockefeller's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $61,632,019 and $136,482,003. That averages to $99,057,011 which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rockefeller ranked 18th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[21]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rockefeller ranked 12th in the liberal rankings.[22]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Rockefeller voted with the Democratic Party 93.9% of the time, which ranked 33rd among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

Rockefeller married Sharon Percy Rockefeller in 1967. They have four children and six grandchildren.[4]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 USA Today, "Rockefeller's retirement sparks battle for Senate seat," January 11, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Jay Rockefeller," Accessed July 3, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Jay Rockefeller," Accessed October 14, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 Official Senate website "About Jay," Accessed October 14, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Official Senate website "Committee Assignments," Accessed October 14, 2011
  7. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Donor history for Jay Rockefeller" Accessed April 25, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Jay Rockefeller 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 26, 2011
  16. Gov Track "Jay Rockefeller," Accessed July 3, 2013
  17. GovTrack, "Rockefeller," Accessed April 11, 2013
  18. LegiStorm "Jay Rockefeller"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Rockefeller, (D-West Virginia), 2011"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Rockefeller, (D-West VA), 2010"
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jennings Randolph
U.S. Senate - West Virginia
1985-Present
Succeeded by
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